How Often Should Your Air Conditioner be Serviced?
Air conditioners are designed and built to last a good 10-15 years. But even the best made electrical appliances need some TLC once in a while. This is to ensure they maintain optimal performance for as long as possible.
Most air conditioning specialists will tell you that without regular servicing, your system may not perform to its usual standard. This could lead to increased energy bills, poor comfort levels in the home, and even possible health issues. But how regular is regular? This is the question we will explore.
How Air Conditioners Work: The Basics
But first, let’s start with the basics. Air conditioners work by collecting hot air from a space, processing it – the methods will vary depending on whether you have a ducted air or a split system – and cooling the air internally before releasing it into the room.
The air conditioner will continue drawing in air, processing it and releasing cold air until the room temperature is the same as the temperature on the thermostat.
How Often Should I Get My Air Con Serviced?
Now, imagine it’s a typical Australian summer’s day. The sun is beaming, the temperature has hit 38 degrees, and your home feels like an oven. Just think about how much air will pass through your air conditioning system for it to reach a comfortable temperature. A lot, right?
The internal components of your air conditioner experience significant wear and tear from processing so much air; wear and tear that causes them to diminish in quality and stop working at their best. Therefore, you should get your air conditioner serviced once a year to ensure the inner componentry remains fully functional so your aircon will remain in prime condition.
Why Your Air Con Needs a Regular Service
There are numerous significant benefits to maintaining a yearly servicing schedule for your air conditioner. Here are three major benefits:
1. Reduce Your Energy Bills
An inefficient air conditioner will use more energy than normal to maintain the level of performance it regularly provides. That increase in energy use results in an increase in your energy bills, meaning more money that won’t stay in your wallet. A regular service is the best way to keep those power bills in check.
Keeping to a regular maintenance schedule will also prevent small problems with your air conditioner from developing into big, expensive ones. Take internal coils, for example. Coils often collect dust, dirt, pollen and moisture, and don’t transfer heat properly when they are covered by these contaminants.
This puts pressure on other parts of the air conditioner to work harder, leading to shorter lifespans. During the servicing process, an experienced air conditioning technician will clean the coils; this will stop other parts ageing prematurely and delay the need to replace them.
2. Keep Cool in Summer
This one is simple. Poorly maintained air conditioners take longer to produce cool air. On a scorching day (or night) this will leave you hot and flustered. Avoid discomfort with regular service.
3. Protect Your Health
Even though your air conditioner has filters, the inside still gets dirty and can become a breeding ground for bacteria, mould spores and fungi. Contaminants spread throughout the air you breathe without regular AC servicing. This can lead to numerous health concerns including respiratory health issues, eye and skin irritations, a runny or blocked nose, wheezing and chest infections.
If you already have a respiratory condition like asthma or COPD, it is especially important to have your air conditioner serviced regularly. Doing so minimises the risk of your condition flaring up because of poor quality air.
What a Technician Does When They Service Your Air Conditioner
There are parts of your air conditioner you can and should clean yourself. Your air conditioner’s manual will provide a step-by-step guide on how to do this safely. However, a licensed and qualified technician is the best person to complete a full and thorough service on your air conditioner. They will:
- Inspect all internal and external parts
- Check electrical connections
- Check refrigerant levels
- Clean internal parts
- Clean or change air filters
When Was Your Air Conditioner Last Serviced?
If you can’t remember the last time you had your air conditioner serviced by a professional, it has probably been too long. In which case, there is no better time than now to have it done. From evaporative air conditioning repair to an aircon regas, Metropolitan does it all. Learn more about Metropolitan Air Conditioning’s servicing options today.
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